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2009 Aug 22

Pelini Boots Castille


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Nebraska junior running back Quentin Castille, who rushed for 505 yards and six touchdowns – including 125 yards in the Gator Bowl – in 2008, has been kicked off the team for violation of team rules, head coach Bo Pelini announced after Saturday’s practice.

“We have guidelines, we have policies set up here, we have a culture set up here,” Pelini said. “It’s pretty black and white, my expectations that we lay out as a staff, and if somebody doesn’t follow those policies and guidelines, they’re no longer going to be with the program. And that’s the case with Quentin.

“I wish him luck. He’s a good kid. He’s just not going to be with our program any more.”

Pelini did not elaborate on the team rules violated. He said he made the decision without the assistance of the Unity Council. Castille had been at practice the last two days watching in a t-shirt and shorts, but wasn’t at practice Saturday. He was spotted outside Memorial Stadium, however, wearing Husker gear.

Castille’s dismissal likely means a bigger load to carry for junior Roy Helu, who rushed for 803 yards and seven touchdowns last year while splitting time with Castille and the now-graduated Marlon Lucky. On Friday, Helu said he believed Castille was being held out for the same reason Helu had been held out earlier in the week – “doing some recovery stuff like I was doing.”

Receivers coach Ted Gilmore gave a “no comment” when asked Friday. Only Pelini typically addresses such issues, and he hasn’t spoken with the media as a group since Wednesday.

Castille spent about three weeks training with his uncle in Atlanta. Pelini was asked about his status with the team at Big 12 Media Days; Pelini responded then that Castille had a “good summer.”

On July 27, Castille pleaded no contest to an April charge that he had failed to deliver a state title on a vehicle he had purchased. He was ordered to pay a small fine. There was briefly a warrant out for Castille’s arrest in June, which was rescinded when Castille appeared in court.

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Tags: bo pelini, quentin castille, fall camp

Comments (8)

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Way to go Bo!! Nobody is bigger than the team. Flashback to Lawrence Phillips. These kids have to learn to follow rules at sometime in their lives! Might as well start now!

– Aug 23, 2009 at 6:10 pm

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this hurts big time, but i dont think we will be seeing more of any of those young guys than rex burkhead. pelini said that hes the number two guy now.

– Aug 23, 2009 at 11:31 am

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Wow, this is really gonna hurt. Now we only one experienced running back to go with no experienced quarterbacks, only one of who appears ready to play at this level. Let us hope nothing happens to Lee.

– Aug 23, 2009 at 9:54 am

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WOW! I'm a little in shock right now! That is pretty major for someone like him to get kicked off the team. He was going to be a big part of the offense this year. Looks like we'll see more of Okafor, Jones, Ward and possibly getting the ball in the hands of Mike Hays and Tyler Legate for the power runs.

– Aug 22, 2009 at 3:15 pm

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A disciplinary decision like that without use of the Unity Council must be pretty serious. Could it have had to do with Q questioning depth chart placement and a coach(s)'s judgement? We probably won't know, but it does send a message Loud and Clear, "New Head Coach, new coaching staff, new rules, new attitude. The old days of Callahan are over and best be forgotten pronto."

– Aug 22, 2009 at 3:01 pm

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Thanks, Coach, for enforcing the rules! Also, I hope Mr. Castille learns from his apparent inappropriate action in that way all concerned will benefit from this situation.

– Aug 22, 2009 at 2:57 pm

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Way to go Bo! If a player who PROBABLY knew the rules or should have doesn't want to follow for the good of the team...let him go. He wasn't needed if he thought he was above the "law."

– Aug 22, 2009 at 2:27 pm

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Really sorry to see Q go, and I wish him well.

Kudos to Bo for saying what he means and meaning what he says.

We do have some other potentially very good running backs to take Q's place, but are they ready to step up now? They'll have to be. Go Big Red!

– Aug 22, 2009 at 2:17 pm

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